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Powerful short film of nine-metre ‘Head Above Water’ interactive sculpture goes live across UK independent cinemas.
Launching today, on World Mental Health Day (10 October), Head Above Water is a powerful and compelling, short film supporting mental health awareness.
The film, featuring mental health experts and actors, portrays a new sight on London’s South Bank skyline, Head Above Water – a nine-metre-high, interactive sculpture.
Installed as part of the London Design Festival (15 – 23 Sept) the piece, by British designer Steuart Padwick, overlooks St Paul’s Cathedral and London’s iconic city skyline and has been built in support of mental health.
The ‘Head’ is deliberately gender, ethnicity and age neutral and stands as a symbol of hope, bravery, compassion, positivity and change, for those who have come through or are still confronting mental health issues, and the people who support them.
The sculpture has been made using 10 tons of laminated timber and took just 15 weeks from concept to completion.
Steuart Padwick said, “Head Above Water is a symbol of hope. It needed to be big, powerful and prominent… a beacon of humanity caring for others. This is not my head or about my battles. This is for those who have or have had mental health issues…. I want anybody and everybody to relate to it….to open a door perhaps ….”
At night Head Above Water will be lit using 48m meters of LED lighting, and people will be able to engage with its changing colours to reflect how they are feeling through a designated Twitter feed – in real time.
It has 14 different moods, Love, Happy, OK, Pride, Hope, Faith, Joy, Empathy, Hate, Sad, Shame, Fear, Angry, Pain/Guilt/Regret, which passers-by can interact with, using the hashtag #HeadAboveWaterLondon.
Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change said: “Located on the bustling South Bank, Head Above Water will be seen by millions, prompting contemplation and encouraging conversations about mental health. Sadly, mental health problems are often confined to hushed conversations in quiet corners so we’re excited to support this project which proudly brings it into the light.”
“The sculpture is a powerful and imposing addition to the London skyline. At a time when life has never been more urgent and fast paced, it prompts us all to reflect on our feelings and be more understanding towards the mental health struggles of others,” added Nicholas Pinnock (film, television and theatre actor and Mind Ambassador).
To get involved, follow @hawLDN on Twitter, or use the hashtag #HeadAboveWaterLondon.
Watch a preview of the short film here…
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